Ease of business
School -- with corporate partners RadioShack, Microsoft and Compaq --
opens a lab where its E-Business students can become "virtual architects"
for the e-commerce ahead
shack. RadioShack CEO Len Roberts tests out one of the computer-in-the-round
workstations, part of the new RadioShack E-Business Laboratory, with
business students Brooke Sawyers, Matthew White, Karen Schaefer, Michael
Hockridge and Yushau Sodiq.
Shack CEO and Chair Len Roberts said with a grin in February that only
he could take liberties with his Fortune 500 company's brand, but in dedicating
the University's newest and most advanced computer lab, he told the students
in attendance who would use the digital think space: "You've got
questions, this RadioShack E-Business Laboratory has answers."
later, Roberts -- joined by Microsoft and Compaq partners who donated
hardware and software -- cut via computer a virtual purple ribbon to officially
open the design and development lab. Outfitted with sleek flat-panel monitors
situated in pods of four, the lab will serve 135 students currently pursuing
the E-Business degree, established at TCU two years ago, the first undergraduate
degree of its kind at an AACSB-accredited university.
complete the 27-hour technical layer of their degree, students will study,
build and produce corporate web pages and databases, and use Microsoft
and Oracle tools to develop the information and tracking systems many
companies use to stay connected to their customers and clients.
is a real need for employees who possess these types of skills as technology
continues to permeate the way we do business," Roberts said. "TCU's
program will ensure that the wonders of the digital world are captured
and put to work to improve business processes for corporations nationwide
and throughout the world."
lab will consist of up to 40 students working in teams. Professors use
the lab's two laser-sensitive "smart boards" to write and project
lessons, to pull up websites, even to project any student's computer desktop,
all with a simple hand motion. Lab classes dissect Web sites using the
boards, looking for soundness of design and overall fit to a company's
first batch of E-Business students graduate next summer. When finished,
they will be able to develop complex information systems using extranets,
intranets and the Internet, harnessing numerous computer languages, databases
"Students with these types of skills will have wide latitude in their
careers," said M. J. Neeley School of Business Dean Robert Lusch.
"They will be invaluable to businesses who aggressively seek ways
to integrate technological solutions into their systems so they can effectively
be connected internally and externally to consumers and other businesses."
Beta Kappa founder
was 30 years ago that TCU's Delta of Texas chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was
established. In April, a reception honoring one of the chapter's primary
founders, emeritus Vice Chancellor James Newcomer, drew a group of still-active
members as well as many new and younger initiates.
YOU think the Frogs have been doing better on the fields and courts of
competition, you're right. All sports combined, this past academic year
marked the most successful outing for TCU Athletics ever.
has been extremely special for all of us," Athletics Director Eric
Hyman said. "TCU has made a wonderful investment in the department
via personnel, facilities and scholarships.
coaches have exhibited their ingenuity and creativity, which has assisted
our student-athletes in reaching their potential. The results have gained
national awareness, prominence and respect. A foundation has been laid
for continued success, in which the TCU extended family can be proud."
No. 18 final ranking; third straight bowl appearance; three All-Americans:
LaDainian Tomlinson, Aaron Schobel and David Bobo; six players drafted
27-20 in WAC at press time, second in WAC; Chris Bradshaw named the
national player of the week after tossing a no-hitter at Hawaii-Hilo
women finished 25-8; WAC champs, first time in school history; earned
first NCAA tournament bid, beat Penn State in first round; Jeff Mittie
named WAC Coach of the Year. Men finished with 20-11 record; TCU one of
only four schools, joining Oklahoma, Florida and Toledo, to post 10 football
victories and 20 wins in both men's and women's basketball
men ranked 4th in the nation, women 16th; sophomore Adam Rubinson No.
14 player in country, freshman Courtney Wood No. 62
women finish second in WAC; men 7-11 overall, including victories against
two Top 25 teams
men ranked second in the nation, senior Esteban Carrill ranked fourth;
women ranked 25th in the nation
AND FIELD indoor: men won WAC Championship and finished second in
the NCAA meet; Kim Collins won the 60- and 200-meter sprints at the NCAA
Championships (has fastest collegiate 100-meter outdoor time this season).
Outdoor: 4x100 team placed first at the Texas Relays and owns the fastest
collegiate time in the country this spring. Monte Stratton named WAC Coach
of the Year. Cross country: women won WAC championship; Gladys Keitany
is first TCU female athlete to win the individual conference championship,
Eliud Njubi captured the individual men's title; Dan Waters named WAC
Coach of the Year
men placed 4th in the NCAA Independent Championships; women logged an
8-4 dual record and placed 5th in the WAC Championships
won a school record 16 matches including six conference matches
Prof. A smile crept across Religion Assistant Prof. Darren Middleton
as he approached the podium in April to accept the Honors Faculty Recognition
Award. In his rich British accent he noted, "Well, this doesn't make
up for the revolution, but it is lovely." The awardee is selected
by the students, making Middleton this year's critics choice.When accepting
his award -- instituted in 1957 -- the well-loved teacher dedicated it
to the memory of junior Kim Jones, a former student slain during the Wedgewood
Baptist Church shooting in 1999.
speakers. Details remained at press time, but early word is that Morris
Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, will be the fourth
speaker in the Gates of Chai lecture series, tentatively scheduled for
Sept. 10. The SPL Center, through its "Intelligence Project,"
tracks more than 500 racist and neo-Nazi groups. On Oct. 3, ABC News chief
congressional analyst Cokie Roberts will be the featured speaker for the
Fogelson Honors Forum. Roberts is also the author of We Are Our Mother's
Daughters, an account of her life as the daughter of Congressman Hale
Boggs, whose wife Lindy took over his House seat after his death.
remembered. In what has become an annual event of Uniting Campus Ministries,
hundreds of flags covered the west campus lawn off University Drive in
April, with different colors representing Jews and other groups persecuted
during World War II. About 75 flags representing homosexuals were stolen
from the display, but were replaced by organizers.
about women. Political science senior Lisa Munger, left, was the
happy winner of the first Nokia Research Award for undergraduate research.
Presenting Munger her award is Vannessa Nickson, director of community
relations at Nokia.
slip of paper at each place during the TCU Women's Resource Center's Seventh
Annual Women's Symposium dinner said only Define Womanhood.
answers were as varied as the faces in the room:
Vision, strength, gentleness, laughter, beauty, ambition, passion and
dedication . . . Coming of age as an individual, family member and part
of the community. Learning to be a whole self, both as an individual and
as part of a larger group . . . The "fraternity" of humans who
are daughters, mothers and sisters, wives, aunts, grandmothers and granddaughters.
For we truly define ourselves in terms of relationships to others . .
. I'm a man and reluctant to "define" womanhood. Men have been
doing that for too long.
It was a true two-day celebration of womanhood": Speaker Toni Craven
from Brite Divinity School lectured on prominent women in Scripture; Candace
O'Keefe, executive director of the Woman's Museum in Dallas shared the
birth of the dramatic and powerful museum; Holly Near, a world-acclaimed
singer and activist, brought her message of world peace and human dignity;
and new this year, three research grants sponsored by Nokia were awarded
to an undergraduate student, graduate student and faculty member to support
study on women-centered issues.
But ultimately, the symposium's goal was to help women recognize their
worth. To discover, as one attendee succinctly put it: It is not flowers
or perfumes, bows or ribbons, making lunches, raising children. Womanhood
is living as a human participant in a world that is only beginning to
recognize the importance of what we can contribute, whom we can be and
how we can act.
Increasing diversity. The good news is that student applications
to TCU are up, from 4,841 last year to 5,654 this year. The great news?
Minority applications also increased dramatically, rising from 18 percent
to 25 percent of the total applicants this year. Students from minority
and ethnic backgrounds now comprise 18 percent of TCU's admissions, up
from only 13 percent a year ago. Admission Dean Ray Brown said that high
school counselors are pushing students this direction. "The truth
is, the counselors are telling their students TCU is a hot place to go."
trustee. In April, TCU Board Chair John V. Roach ‘61 became one of
only two university trustees in the country to be honored with the Trusteeship
Award, given annually by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities
and Colleges. The prestigious award goes to only two trustees each year
from public and private institutions. Said James D. Gates, member of the
National Advisory Council for the Radio Shack National Teacher Awards
Program: "He has provided unselfish leadership for the improvement
of teaching and learning of mathematics, science and technology by our
nation's students and teachers."
nursing. The Harris School of Nursing will launch an online master's
degree this fall that will allow RNs with a bachelor of science degree
to complete their master's in two years, and RNs with an associate of
arts degree to complete the program in three. Harris faculty will offer
the program with technical support from eCollege, which recently provided
TCU with a $120,000 grant to launch the degree. The program prepares RNs
as clinical nurse specialists in adult health nursing, developing nurses
who can practice in a myriad of settings.
Another Goldwater. Engineering sophomore Ben Ludington earned a
2001-2002 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Award. The 20-year-old Houston
native was just one of 302 undergraduates nationwide selected for the
top academic award out of more than 1,000 nominees.
plus. Always in solid standing, TCU students heading to law school
after graduation can now put Pre-law Affiliate for the Law Student Division
of the State Bar of Texas on their resumes. A new association sponsored
by the State Bar of Texas, the Pre-Law Affiliate program lends credibility
to students' undergraduate preparations. Said Political Science Prof.
Donald Jackson, TCU's longtime pre-law adviser: "So far this year
the students leading the program here have brought in an FBI agent and
a student who was just admitted to law school who is helping them with
the application process."
education. The School of Education is expanding its master's in educational
foundations degree this fall to include specializations in non-traditional
settings such as zoos and museums. The 36-hour track will create a pool
of educators who can do everything from conduct educational workshops
for fellow educators to assist with interactive designs.